How many miles to Coventry?I believe the nursery rhyme originally began with 'How many miles to Babylon?', but I read the above version in Jilly Cooper's Riders and ever since it has stuck. And since Coventry is probably where a large number of you may want to send me after reading this post...it seemed apt :) You see, I have just finished reading Treachery in Death, the 32th book in the Eve Dallas series by JD Robb. And...I've totally fallen out of love with Roarke...and I've almost fallen out of love with Eve.
Three score miles and ten.
Can I get there by candle-light?
Yes, and back again.
Let's start with Roarke. In Treachery in Death he empties a safe, the contents of which were part of an investigation. Was he tapped as an 'expert consultant, civilian' for this task as in previous books? With accompanying forms, etc.? No. Was there a police officer with him to preserve the chain of evidence? That would also be a no. I mean, seriously? When did all of those things stop becoming important? The other thing that drives me up the wall about Roarke is how perfect he is. He's just that little bit smarter at 'geek stuff' than Feeney and McNab, that little bit more knowledgeable about criminals and business and...just about everything. And let's not forget that he's a lot richer than everyone else. Actually, we (and the secondary characters) aren't allowed to forget that because it's always brought to our attention in various ways!
And that brings me to Eve. Every case seems to become massively personal to Eve in some way, shape or form. She so reminds me of CSI Miami's Horatio Caine for just that reason. I get that certain cases will trigger memories. But every one? And...she's always getting injured...and denying her need for medical attendance. I'm also very over the obvious and laboured explanations by various characters. About the importance of bringing a particular villain to justice, of seeking closure for a particular victim. Yes, I get that such things are important. But I don't need them spelled out for me in such a manner that I'm being hit over the head with the information.
*light bulb moment* The books are beginning to feel formulaic. There are certain things that you just know will happen...and they do.
And if you're wondering why I'm still reading it's because I love the secondary characters and I enjoy the suspense aspect. And the books themselves are well written and easy to read.
So, have you read this series and are you itching to send me to Coventry for this post? And/or is there are series that you've read which has frustrated you?